Conference promoting civic tech and transparency to be held Oct. 14-15
The Cleveland Public Library and the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan nonprofit focused on tech and transparency, are pleased to host the upcoming TransparencyCamp on October 14 and 15. This will be Sunlight’s eighth annual TransparencyCamp (TCamp) and the first TCamp focused specifically on local and state themes. The event will be held at the Cleveland Public Library’s Main Library in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.
The event is perfect for anyone who is a journalist, activist, developer, librarian, technologist, government official, student, academic, artist, policy wonk, or anything in between. We’ll come together to figure out how open government, open data, and technology can help move us all forward towards more transparent and effective government.
“We couldn’t be more excited to convene national, state and local leaders at the Cleveland Public Library to discuss how we can make government more responsive and the public more engaged with government’s work. The White House, MIT Libraries, the Cleveland Civic Tech Collaborative, and the Ohio State Treasurer’s office are just a few of the organizations participating. TransparencyCamp is about coming together, acknowledging the challenges we face, and beginning to create the solutions that will move us all forward,” said Kat Duffy, Labs Director at the Sunlight Foundation.
“Hosting TransparencyCamp is an honor for us, and it reinforces the role of Cleveland Public Library as a civic space where ideas and plans can be formed,” said Felton Thomas, Jr., Executive Director of Cleveland Public Library. “These are important discussions for not only the community and stakeholders, but government employees. This election cycle has shown that the public is interested in openness and transparency from their government as well.”
Media are invited to both attend and participate and in advance of the event. We are seeking coverage to help promote the event in the Cleveland area.
This year we have a lot of great programming (this may or may not involve boat tours of Lake Erie…) and a growing list of open government champions are set to energize campers with inspiring lightning talks.
- Jessie Baugher and Robert Shafer, Comparative Constitutions Projects/Constitute
- Kelly Jin, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
- Frank Kohstall, Ohio Treasurer’s Office/Ohio Checkbook
- Nicole Neditch, Code for America
- April Urban, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development
About the Sunlight Foundation:
The Sunlight Foundation is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses the tools of civic tech, open data, policy analysis and journalism to make our government and politics more accountable and transparent to all. Our vision is to use technology to enable more complete, equitable and effective democratic participation. Our overarching goal is to achieve changes in the law to require real-time, online transparency for all government information, with a special focus on the political money flow and who tries to influence government and how government responds. And, while our work began in 2006 with only a focus on the U.S. Congress, our open government work now takes place at the local, state, federal and international levels.